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Bon Jovi returns in 2013 with new album and tour

'What About Now' slated for Spring release

After taking most of 2012 off, Bon Jovi returns in  2013 with a world tour and a new album.

The tour, dubbed Because We Can, kicks off first. The world tour, which will go to arenas and stadiums, starts in Feb. 13 in Montreal.  Look for U.S. dates to follow the Canadian leg, and then the tour will proceed to Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.

During the tour, the group will debut new songs from “What About Now” its new album out this Spring.

Canadian Tour Dates (U.S. Dates to be Announced):
February 13, 2013          Montreal                      Bell Centre
February 17, 2013          Toronto                       Air Canada Centre
February 20, 2013          Ottawa                        Scotiabank Place
April 2, 2013                  Calgary                        Saddledome
April 3, 2013                  Edmonton                   Rexall Place
April 5, 2013                  Winnipeg                     MTS Centre
 

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<p>Ian McKellen returns as Gandolf in &quot;The Hobbit:&nbsp;An Undiscovered Journey.&quot;</p>

Ian McKellen returns as Gandolf in "The Hobbit: An Undiscovered Journey."

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Ian McKellen admits he thought 'The Hobbit' would make a good TV series

The legendary actor speaks from the set of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

WELLINGTON, NZ – After almost a year and a half of shooting two, er, now three “Hobbit” films, no one would fault Sir Ian McKellen for being a tad bored. That’s a long time to work on any movie or spend away from home (granted there were two long breaks).  The 73-year-old acting icon has ventured to the set of “The Hobbit” this May day to spend what was supposed to just be 20 minutes talking to visiting press, but it soon became clear McKellen was excited to have a live audience again. 20 minutes soon turned into something closer to 40.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway All Stars' mentor Joanna Coles expects to get auf'ed

She says she's different than Tim Gunn in one key way

Joanna Coles will be back for another season of "Project Runway All Stars," but don't expect her to stick around for much more than that. In a conference call with journalists, the fashionista talked about why her recent exit from Marie Claire makes it likely that she'll be auf'ed -- and she totally gets it.

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<p>Alan Tudyk and Jeremy Sisto dress as each other on &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Alan Tudyk and Jeremy Sisto dress as each other on "Suburgatory."

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Review: 'Suburgatory' - 'The Witch of East Chatswin'

On Halloween, Rachel Dratch guest stars, and Noah and George trade places

A review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I start shopping in the craft store of my mind...

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<p>Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in &quot;Eyes Wide Shut.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in "Eyes Wide Shut."

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Roundup: Kidman remembers Kubrick

Also: Lana Wachowski talks transgenderism, and 'Silver Linings' vs. 'Smashed'

As our recent top 10 list of her best work made clear, we love Nicole Kidman. So it's no surprise that my pick of yesterday's internet action is this fascinating piece the Oscar-winning actress wrote for The Hollywood Reporter, reflecting on the making "Eyes Wide Shut" with Stanley Kubrick. In it, she touches on her personal discovery of Kubrick's work, her affectionate, admiring relationship with a director that she refused to glorify and her closeness to Tom Cruise during filming -- despite media suspicions that the film wrecked their marriage. She writes: "Stanley wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality... He used the movie as provocation, pretending it was our sex life -- which we weren't oblivious to, but obviously it wasn't us." Essential reading: more of this kind of thing, please. [THR

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<p>Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving share a laugh as we discuss the remarkable new film 'Cloud Atlas'</p>

Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving share a laugh as we discuss the remarkable new film 'Cloud Atlas'

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Watch: Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving on the freedom of 'Cloud Atlas'

A great conversation with two of the new film's most valuable supporting players

The last time I spoke with Susan Sarandon, the Wachowskis came up in conversation.  I still get a kick out of walking into a room and seeing Sarandon, ready to talk.  As long as I've been a movie fan, I've been a fan of her movies, and she's had such a great, fascinating evolution as a performer.  This time, as I was settling in, I asked her about her recent experience working with Mike Tully on a ping-pong themed movie, and it's true… you mention ping-pong, and she just lights up.  I know Mike from various events like Sundance, where I've seen him both as a journalist and as a filmmaker (his "Septien" is pretty grand), and a trip to Ireland to see the cast and crew of "Your Highness" at work, and I was really pleased to hear how enthusiastic Sarandon was about the experience she just had with him.  This is a dream project for Mike, and it's great to see that it's important to her, too.

Hugo Weaving, on the other hand, is someone I don't think I've ever spoken with before, and I didn't even think about that before I walked into the room.  As I settled in and spoke with her, I looked over at him and was surprised to be suddenly anxious.  "OH WOW THAT'S HUGO WEAVING!" is what I was saying inside, because he is so unmistakable, so iconic over the last 20 years.  At this point, his work as Agent Smith or as Elrond or in "Priscilla" is so resolutely a part of the cinema landscape that it's hard to imagine movies without him.  He's one of those guys, one of those great actors who also found just the right projects with just the right parts to allow them to do something permanent.  When you look back at this era of commercial filmmaking, there's Hugo Weaving, smack dab in the middle of it.

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<p>Daniel Craig's James Bond stands astride the past and the future in 'Skyfall,' the dazzling 50th anniversary film in one of the most successful film series of all time.</p>

Daniel Craig's James Bond stands astride the past and the future in 'Skyfall,' the dazzling 50th anniversary film in one of the most successful film series of all time.

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Review: 'Skyfall' represents a series high by humanizing the superhuman James Bond

Sam Mendes delivers a thrilling and fitting 50th anniversary chapter in the franchise

A James Bond movie is a mirror.

When I watch one Bond movie by itself, I can watch it as a movie by itself, but when I'm watching all of them in a row, it is like having a mirror that works almost like a time machine, that takes me back to a very specific year for each of the films.  You look at the Connery films, and the attitudes to spying, the color palette, the new relaxed sexuality and the tongue in cheek violence… it's all so very early '60s, so very British explosion, and that's one of the reasons I love those movies.  That's my particular aesthetic preference.  The movies in the transition years, like "Diamonds Are Forever" or "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," show the way pop culture was evolving, and as much as the movies imitated, they also innovated.  It was like a feedback loop.  

The Moore movies became more overt about it as they tried to fine-tune the formula.  "The Spy Who Loved Me" was the height of the disco era, the year of "Star Wars," and "Moonraker" was made not only after "Star Wars" but also after "Battlestar Galactica," and it seems to reflect what was going on in television as well as in movies.  "For Your Eyes Only" is a reinvention, and that was the early '80s, a chance to reinvent pop culture in the Reagan era.  And as that era curdled, so did the series, with "Octopussy" and "A View To A Kill" offering up bloated attitude and diminishing returns.  

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"Nashville"

"Nashville" 

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'Nashville' recap: 'Someday You'll Call My Name'

Rayna isn't the only one with big problems this week

It seems that this week everyone's either facing their demons or avoiding their demons. In either case, there are demons, so maybe this is more of a Halloween episode than I was expecting. 

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Down and Dirty'

A muddy challenge leads to a very interesting pact between Tribes
Pre-credit sequence. Team Penner returns to camp. Suddenly, Katie has gone from a position of power atop an all-female alliance to "the bottom of the totem pole." "Compared to these big strong men, I'm looking like the weakest link," Katie says, vowing to work her magic. That magic begins with Katie telling Denise about the possibility of Penner having an Idol. She's turning her powers against Penner in the hopes of getting one step closer to the Merge.
 
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<p>Bradley Cooper in &quot;Silver Linings Playbook.&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

The Long Shot: Pseu-pseu-studio

What counts as a 'studio movie' in the Oscar race these days?

“It's really... commercial,” a friend remarked to me as we left yesterday's screening of “Silver Linings Playbook,” a press-and-BAFTA mixer that was as warmly received as its buoyant Toronto debut had promised it would be. He said it with a hint of distaste, and he's not the only one resistant to its unapologetically Audience Award-y charms -- there are those who believe that a film dealing with tricky variations of mental illness and familial damage should perhaps make itself harder to like. Or just a little harder, period.

For my part, I joined the majority faction of those beguiled by the film. I delighted in the same free-jazz trick David O. Russell pulled so deftly with “The Fighter” two years ago: injecting tried-and-true narrative formula with agitated sociable energy, leaving the whole scrappier and more abrasive than most Hollywood journeymen would given the same script. It's a crowdpleaser that's at once comforting and unfamiliar as it hits its romantic comedy marks, giving its two superb leads plenty of space to see each other as emotional chaos slowly finds its way to order.

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Bruno Mars reveals 'Unorthodox Jukebox' cover art and track listing

Bruno Mars reveals 'Unorthodox Jukebox' cover art and track listing

We don't think that's him on the cover

Bruno Mars, who scored a knock-out punch as both the host and musical guest on last week’s “Saturday Night Live,” has released the cover art and track listing for “Unorthodox Jukebox,” his new album coming out Dec. 11. And it’s unorthodox to say the least.

The cover shot features a gorilla up against an old jukebox--- the kind that still played 45s. Sadly, we can’t tell what tunes are in the jukebox or what selection the gorilla is seeking, but it’s intriguing.There is a song on the album called "Gorilla," so maybe all will become clear later.

"Locked Out Of Heaven," the first single from "Unorthodox Jukebox," rises to No. 15 on this week's Billboard Hot 100.  Mars and his partners in the songwriting production team The Smeezingtons (Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine) executive produced the album. The Smeezingtons partners with other producers, including Jeff Bhasker, Mark Ronson, and Diplo, on the 10-track set.

Are we the only one who wants a banana now? 

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"Unorthodox Jukebox" tracklisting:

1) Young Girls
2) Locked Out Of Heaven
3) Gorilla
4) Treasure
5) Moonshine
6) When I Was Your Man
7) Natalie
8) Show Me
9) Money Make Her Smile
10) If I Knew


 

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<p>Psy</p>

Psy

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Does Psy finally knock Maroon 5 out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100?

Rihanna scores her 23rd top 10 with 'Diamonds'

It’s the same old song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as Maroon 5’s “One More Night” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” hold at No. 1 and 2, respectively, for the fifth straight week.

It’s sweet justice for Maroon 5, who were locked out of the No. 1 spot earlier this year when Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” held “Payphone” at in the No. 2 spot for five weeks.

Fun.’s “Some Nights”rises one spot to No. 3, while Taylor Swift’s former No. 1,  “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” also slides up one to No. 4. Ke$ha’s Die Young”  gallops to No. 5 in its fourth week of release, up from  No. 8

Rounding out the bottom half of the top 10 are Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean and Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” which hold at No. 6 and No. 7. Rihanna’s “Diamonds” rises 11-8, making it the singer’s 23rd Top 10 hit.

Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” leaps 12-9 and Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” slides 9-10.

Swift’s “State Of Grace,” the final track released from “Red” prior to the album’s Monday release, bows at No. 13, while Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” is locked out of the top 10, but at No. 15, it won’t be locked out for long.

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